Notes from a rare planet: McDonald’s making a green push


McDonald’s launches new sourcing policy for palm oil, paper, beef to reduce global environmental impact (Mongabay)

  • “Yesterday McDonald’s unveiled its Sustainable Land Management Commitment (SLMC), a policy that requires its suppliers to use “agricultural raw materials for the company’s food and packaging that originate from sustainably-managed land”. The commitment will be monitored via an independent evaluation process, according to the company. “
  • “The policy will initially focus on five commodities: beef, poultry, coffee, palm oil, and packaging. McDonald’s target commodities are based on analysis conducted in partnership with environmental group WWF’s Market Transformation initiative led by Jason Clay.”

Preserving a species of weed-eating fish may be the key to saving the world’s coral reefs from being engulfed by weed (The Hindu)

  • “A new study by the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) has found that weed-eaters like parrotfish and surgeonfish can keep coral reefs clear of weed up to a point.”
  • “For some years, researchers have pinned their hopes on the ability of such fish to keep the weeds at bay while the corals recover following a major setback like bleaching, a dump of sediment from the land, or a violent cyclone, the journal Ecology Letters reports.”
  • “However, the latest work by Andrew Hoey and David Bellwood at CoECRS and James Cook University shows that once the weeds reach a certain density, the fish no longer control them, and prefer to graze less weedy areas.”

China Commits $30 Million To Clean Up Polluted River in (Yale e360)

  • “Chinese officials said the government is planning to spend 200 million yuan ($30 million) to clean up the Baojiagou River, a badly polluted waterway that is the subject of “The Warriors of Qiugang,” theAcademy Award-nominated film co-produced by Yale Environment 360.”

Why All Your Bulbs May Soon Be LEDs (TreeHugger)

  • “A breakthrough in producing light emitting diodes could see LED production costs tumble as much as 75%. That’s thanks to research by a startup called Bridgelux, which has resulted in a radical shift–Gallium-nitride LEDs can now be grown on silicon substrates for the first time in a “commercial grad”

Ice loss from both Greenland and Antarctica is accelerating an sea level rose will be worse than originally though (The New York Times)

  • “On Wednesday, a research team led by a NASA scientist unveiled a new study that is sure to stir debate on the topic. The paper concludes that ice loss from both Greenland and Antarctica is accelerating, and that the ice sheets’ impact on the rise in sea levels in the first half of the 21st century will be substantially higher than previous studies had projected.”
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